Highway to Hellas

Synopsis: The Germans are coming. To snoop, pry and inspect once again, because the Greek are always under suspicion to lie, cheat and scam. And rightfully so. Jörg Geissner, an employee of the Munich based AVO-Bank arrives on the island of Paladiki, to check on the registered securities of a credit granted years ago by his bank. His suspicion: the registered securities - a hospital and a power generating plant - don't really exist. But the Greeks aren't stupid - they will make Geissner prove that the securities don't exist. And so a completely overwhelmed Geissner embarks on an unexpected Odyssey all by himself, against the rest of the island. His constant companion being the shrewd German-Greek gigolo Panos, who will see to it that Geissner's search for the power-plant will get him nowhere. In the meantime Paladiki's Mayor Spyros will desperately try to conjure something up, which would maybe look like a power plant, at least at night and with the help of a few drink and then some more drinks.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Aron Lehmann
Production: Pantaleon Films
  1 win & 2 nominations.
88 min


There isn't always a loud bang

when a dream bursts.

But that's how it was with us.


Galapagos in Greece.

The path out of the crisis

for our little island

ends here.

But at least it's a good story.

And even if I play

only a small part in it,

I consider it my duty to tell it.

Let's start from the beginning.

Paladiki is a quiet island.

Heavenly quiet.

"Galapagos in Greece".

That's our project.

Instead of big hotels and mass tourism,

we have nature.

We have mountains,

we have donkeys,

we have a hospital,

the sea,

a beautiful beach, and...

a whole bunch of goats.

But in this story,

it's more about what we don't have.

The whole catastrophe

starts with a little piece of paper...

- Hello, Panos.

- Good morning, Brigitte, my dear.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

One euro for you, Darling.

- Are you with my girlfriend?

- You're a jerk.

- Are you going out tonight?

- Let's see what the evening brings.

- But we're leaving tomorrow.

- Yeah.

You want to break my heart.

What the hell is this?

Those arrogant arseholes!

- Come on.

- I hate the Germans!

But Panes, you're German yourself.


I'm a victim of globalisation.

Born and raised

in a foreign country.

But in my heart, in my blood,

I was and still am a Greek!

Morning, Yannis.

How's it going?


- I want to work for you!

- You're too young, come back in ten years.


I'll be eighteen by then!

For our project "Galapagos in Greece",

we took out a small loan from Germany.

We received our money,

everything was going well,

and now this!

"A supplemental extraordinary

examination of the specified securities."

In other words:

The German is coming to snoop around.

Do you see anything?

Wait, the ship hasn't even docked yet.

Give them to me!

Oh, no!

My girls!

I completely forgot about them!

My darlings! I'm up here!

Sit down, you idiot.

Our island is in jeopardy!

Forgive me!

Odysseus, you have to let them go.

Here we go.

Give them to me.

Only a German would do

what those two idiots ask.

Hello! You must be from Germany.

Welcome to Paladiki.

My name's Maria.

- We have rooms for rent.

- No, thanks.

Our hotel has a beautiful sea view.

-25 euros per night.

- No,no.

-20 euros?

- No.

Pep Guardiola.

- Hello, Dr Laichinger.

- Geissner? What's the situation?

Well, it looks pretty miserable here.

- I'm looking for my hotel.

- No false sympathies.

I'll bet there is neither a hospital

nor a power plant.

- Stay on it!

-Of course, Dr Laichinger.

I don't believe it!

Iast week.

- He drowned!

- Yes.



Excuse me? Excuse me!

I'd like to take up your offer

of a room after all.

Oh, yes! With pleasure.

-It's 40 euros per room.


The one for 2O is no longer available,

but you can use

all the hotel's facilities

free of charge.

- Hello, Dr Laichinger.

- Geissner, what's the progress?

- I'm at the hotel now...

- Only now? What took you so long?

- I had to find a different place.

- Geissner?

- Our investor needs that beach, and quick.

-Just a moment...

Excuse me, but would it be impolite

to ask you for the money for the room now?

Excuse me,

but I'm on the phone right now.

Pardon me.

Unbelievable, the state of things here.

Give me proof

that the securities are false.

Certainly, Dr Laichinger.

- Geissner, stay on it.


Listen, I would really appreciate

a bit more privacy.

Of course! Would it be impolite

to ask you once more...


All right.

I'll need a proper receipt

showing the VAT separately.

- If you know what I mean.

- Of course. Thank you.

Here comes the gauleiter.

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